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Wine Bible

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I just finished A.J. Jacobs' 'The Year of Living Biblically,' which recounts his adventures living strictly according to every law found in both the Hebrew and Christian testaments. When his wife becomes pregnant and asks him to swear off booze with her, the biblically mandated rules concerning alcohol consumption become an issue. He decides that scripture ultimately favors imbibing but agrees to water down his wine a bit.  

Bottle Shock in Ripley

Weekend vineyard tripping in the hinterlands? Believe it

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Meranda-Nixon? Kinkead Ridge? Most people outside of Cincinnati — and many people in Cincinnati — haven't even heard of them. But they're two rapidly-growing vineyards in Ripley, an hour east of town, that are producing some of the most refined, complex and sophisticated bottles you'll find anywhere in the country.  

Wine Is Not Better in the Skies

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
On a recent family trip to England I tasted a number of wines that warrant some discussion. On the Delta flight over (which was an absolute clusterfuck that arrived more than six hours late and included an unscheduled maintenance stop in Atlanta), they offered a choice of two red wines, each of which was virtually undrinkable. This was particularly surprising to me in that highly-respected wine pro Andrea Immer Robinson serves as their high-profile Sommelier, supposedly testing every wine in flight to ensure that they show well at every altitude.   

Wine Online: A Good Reason to Tweet

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I’m generally what they call a “late adopter.” I still don’t own an iPod or Blackberry or have a Facebook page. I haven’t seen Slumdog Millionaire — or (I swear) a single episode of The Sopranos. Oh, we did eventually get a Wii, but not until long after every other student in my kids’ classes had them (according to my kids, anyway).   

Wild at Heart

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
As we move purposefully through our overly scheduled, technologically advanced lives, we probably all still think of ourselves — in our darker, more-secret moments at least — as wild at heart. The same is true of wine grapes. Vast, picturesque vineyards might be planted in well-tended rows, but precious few of those grapes owe their existence to human ingenuity.  

Gambling on Gravner

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
We recently ate at San Marco, a Mario Batali restaurant at the Venetian Las Vegas. The food was good and the service wonderful but the real star was the encyclopedic wine list assembled under the direction of Joe Bastianich, Mario’s business partner and wine director of their dining empire.  

Everything Old Is New Again

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Angelo Mariani was a Corsican chemist who, like many Victorian-era entrepreneurs, was fascinated by the potential physical (and economic!) effects of a peculiar New World plant called Coca. In the 1860s, he blended red Bordeaux wine with coca leaves — and a legend was born. Now, as I understand it, ingesting cocaine produces two main metabolizing compounds, neither of which has any extreme physical or psychological effect.   

Better with Age

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I'm often asked whether a particular bottle will "improve" with age. Of course, all wines change with time: Tannins resolve (or soften) while primary fruit characteristics fade, allowing subtle, complex attributes to show. Whether this evolution results in a "better" wine is largely a matter of personal taste.  

Another Seven Days of Alcoholic Disputes and Voter Resolutions

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
John McCain today did his best to try to halt Barack Obama's increasing momentum, arguing during the final presidential debate that the liberal senator will raise taxes, spread everyone's money...  

Don't Want to Die Before I Get Old

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The very knowledgeable Evelyn Ignatow, certified sommelier and owner of Hyde Park Gourmet, recently invited me along as she assessed the value of an estate wine collection. Behind some creaky doors, we finally located an astonishing stash of old wine.